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Read somewhere yesterday that going off this weekends results in his neighbourhood, Guy is likely to lose his seat all together Big smileLOL
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Originally posted by TJMitchell TJMitchell wrote:

Frydenburg to take Tim Smith's seat then take over from Guy once he loses in November?

Omg please! That would be gold!
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 Josh is from Victoria but is he for Victoria played well in Kooyong.
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Originally posted by Tlazolteotl Tlazolteotl wrote:

 Josh is from Victoria but is he for Victoria played well in Kooyong.
 
Correct, although the Kooyong tennis club is in the electorate of Higgins , I believe Josh, who is an A grade tennis player, has played well at the club.
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Victorian Liberal MP Bernie Finn, who posted anti-abortion comments, expelled from party

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Also about time they also expelled Malcolm Turnbull from the Liberal Party.
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I wonder how Malcolm spent Saturday night?
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Rich white man who drunkenly crashed his Jaguar into a fence and kept his job claims the Teal Independents are "loud, entitled and rich"

LOLClown Tim Smith, the gift that keeps on giving. I'm positive he's a plant to bring down the Vic Liberal leader for his mate Josh
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Did I read correctly that Timmy was campaigning for Libs in WA last week? Would explain a lot. Rumor was nobody in Victory wanted him near their electorate, much like Morrison.
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It only gets worse.

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PT, so you do subscribe to The Age, obviously not for their mid-week form guide.
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No, the Age is free online, as is the SMH.
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Is smh free online?

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Hubris, the Liberal Party and the tale of two Tims

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June 12, 2022 — 5.00am

 

I spent some of our recent cold snap culling overloaded bookshelves. As I weighed up what was to be sent to the opp shop, I stumbled on the definitive history of Richard Nixon’s flawed presidency The Arrogance of Power by Anthony Summers.

The arrogance of power also describes the disarray in the Liberal Party, federally and in Victoria. The party’s plight can be embodied in the tale of two Tims – Wilson and Smith.

Tim WIlson, with husband Ryan Bolger, conceded defeat in Goldstein on May 22.CREDIT:AFR

Both Tim W & S have considerable ability, energy and political nous. They were each pre-selected instead of women due to Liberal circles believing the men had more to offer. They leave their respective parliaments prematurely – disappointing their sponsors and personally soured – after being seduced by the trappings of office.

Politicians are surrounded by forelock-tuggers and door openers. Long-term survival requires a healthy disregard for such nonsense. But both Tims succumbed to hubris, losing the capacity for self-doubt and believing their own b-s. This affliction is not unique to the Liberals, but it is generously rewarded within the party’s internal culture. It is how the party has defined success, enabled by a Murdoch media cheer squad that celebrates bluff, bluster and bullying.

In the early 2000s, ABC senior management directed me to “find more conservative voices” to put to air on my morning radio show. With my then producer Chris Uhlmann, we offered the secretive arch-conservative Institute of Public Affairs a regular spot on the “Friday Wrap”, where talkback callers could exchange banter with guests from opposite ends of the political spectrum.

John Roskam, the IPA boss, was our initial right-wing champion, and would faithfully deliver his combative contributions to a typically hostile reception from the ABC audience. After a few years, a battle-weary Roskam dropped off as he said it was personally counter-productive, hindering his attempts at pre-selection. He recommended his then-unknown sidekick, Tim Wilson, to replace him.

Tim Wilson was charming, smart and unafraid. We invested a lot of time training him and giving feedback, despite his IPA view that the ABC was a waste of public money. As his confidence grew, and he became sought after by other media, he developed his own political brand. The then attorney-general George Brandis soon offered him a job at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission as a “freedom commissioner”, notwithstanding the IPA advocating for the abolition of the organisation.

Despite arguing that the Liberals needed more women in parliament, in 2016 he successfully contested preselection for Goldstein against Georgina Downer. Now, after two terms, his career has been derailed by his enthusiastic participation in the Liberal Party’s capitulation to what some have described as the Trumpian instincts of Scott Morrison.

The voters of Goldstein showed no sentimentality for Wilson as they and voters in Kooyong and elsewhere emphatically voted to end sleaze, introduce an integrity commission and demand more climate action. Wilson was roadkill under ScoMo’s bulldozer.

Tim Smith entered state politics after cutting his teeth in local government. Elected to the City of Stonnington as a precocious 25-year-old, he was mayor at 26 and milked every opportunity for publicity. Quick with snappy one-liners, we offered him a regular gig on ABC Melbourne and he seized the opportunity to develop his brand.

Tim Smith faces the media after crashing his car while drunk.CREDIT:JUSTIN MCMANUS

In 2014, he won preselection for the safe state seat of Kew, defeating former minister Mary Wooldridge in her quest to move from the upper to the lower house. He soon became a shadow minister, and until drunkenly crashing his new Jaguar last October was viewed by some as a prospective leader.

Tim Smith’s regular appearances on Sydney commercial radio during Victoria’s extended and tortuous lockdowns lent him a façade of political gravitas, but it was an illusion. Instead of doing the hard work developing policies and winning the contest of ideas, Tim Smith presented as if he believed that government office would inevitably be his.

Politicians are like radio talk show hosts – it is the ideal career for unattractive people with short attention spans and a highly developed sense of their own importance. Tims both federal and state, once in parliament, made rapid transformations into aggressive pugilists, adopting the swagger, belligerence and sense of entitlement that infects so many in public life.

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Bottom paragraph reminds me of a despot in Russia ATM . Cry
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GREAT article which gets right to the heart of the Liberal Party malaise.
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Start naming your cabinet Bob.



http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/23/deputy-premier-james-merlino-among-senior-victorian-labor-mps-set-to-retire

Deputy premier James Merlino among senior Victorian Labor MPs set to retire

Merlino and ministers Martin Foley, Lisa Neville and Martin Pakula could announce their retirements Friday

A group of senior Victorian ministers – including the deputy premier, James Merlino – is set to retire, forcing a major reshuffle of cabinet ahead of the November state election.

Several sources have confirmed to Guardian Australia that Merlino, the health minister, Martin Foley, police minister, Lisa Neville, and minister for tourism, sport and major events, Martin Pakula are expected to announce their retirements as soon as Friday.

Guardian Australia has attempted to contact all four ministers, while the premier Daniel Andrews’ office refused to comment.


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Sadly for racing we lose Martin Pakula, generally accepted to be the best racing Minister since ???????????
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Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:

Start naming your cabinet Bob.



http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/23/deputy-premier-james-merlino-among-senior-victorian-labor-mps-set-to-retire

Deputy premier James Merlino among senior Victorian Labor MPs set to retire

Merlino and ministers Martin Foley, Lisa Neville and Martin Pakula could announce their retirements Friday

A group of senior Victorian ministers – including the deputy premier, James Merlino – is set to retire, forcing a major reshuffle of cabinet ahead of the November state election.

Several sources have confirmed to Guardian Australia that Merlino, the health minister, Martin Foley, police minister, Lisa Neville, and minister for tourism, sport and major events, Martin Pakula are expected to announce their retirements as soon as Friday.

Guardian Australia has attempted to contact all four ministers, while the premier Daniel Andrews’ office refused to comment.



Well that doesn't sound smelly at all. Nothing dodgy here I'm sure LOL
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 very strange for so many to coincide.

 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Passing Through Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2022 at 11:17am
Not unusual for people to announce they wont recontest, happens before all elections. It comes out anyway at preselection so a formal announcement is usually made.
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List of retiring MPs from most recent federal election.

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Originally posted by Gay3 Gay3 wrote:

Sadly for racing we lose Martin Pakula, generally accepted to be the best racing Minister since ??????????? 

Surely best in recent memory in any State, a truly enthusiastic flag flier for racing.  Thankfully suspect he won't be lost to the industry.
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Tim Smith, possibly the dumbest person in the country, has decided to threaten a child on twitter because...*checks notes*...he quoted him directly word for word.





Remember when they made this guy Shadow AG? LOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOL
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At 14 Leo has it all over Dim Tim.
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My cousins month old new born is smarter than Tim
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Gross. Genuinely gross. kiss this c*nt.

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